Netflix Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Pros
  • Freedom and Responsibility culture works the best (in 31 reviews)

  • Good Pay & Fact paced work environment (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • You know you're in a culture of fear when the person training your group talks about how they were nearly fired (in 17 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is sometimes hard to manage (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Good Culture
    Nice Pay
    Talented colleagues

    Cons

    Not a place who are worried about Job Security


  2. Helpful (5)

    Officially a big company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, free lunches, flexible hours, no weekends, brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    I have worked for Netflix for several years and I can honestly say that a lot of the groups now including where I was has started managing up. The transparency is slowly eroding. Opinions are still accepted but disregarded under the guise of management speak. Quality is no longer a standard for shipping products. It's now the need to be perceived as "fast" regardless. Management has run amok and the standard of hiring managers has plummeted. I left on my own accord just so that people don't think it's another disgruntled employee.

    Advice to Management

    Whether intentional or unintentional not listening to the people with experience and history of how the group works will eventually make the culture deck obsolete. Discouraging people to directly talk and speak their mind and making unilateral condition without a concrete plan will eventually catch up to you.


  3. Netflix is a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of Freedom and Responsibily really does exits at Netflix. If you are a passionate engineer who likes to solve hard problems, you will love Netflix.

    Cons

    The main location is in Los Gatos, and working remotely full-time is currently not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Consider piloting a full-time remote engineering hire to gauge the success. Allowing remote employment as an option could remove a barrier that prevents some very talented folks from applying.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    The best place to work at for software development in the valley

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great problems to solve
    Freedom and responsibility culture
    Work with many talented people
    Low turnover
    No Fear of my job.
    Ability to do a great job
    Highly visible product that is fun to work on
    Large scale problems
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    None at all. This is the best place I have ever worked

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Freedom comes with Responsibility

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are treated as an adult. Minimal micro management. You are expected to take the lead for your projects. Your have ample space to try out your things and PMs are willing to listen and try out your ideas via an AB test.

    Cons

    I'd love to have an on-campus gym. They do have one shared by Aventino (the apartment community next to it). Ping pong tables and Sauna bath needed :)

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job! Thanks for inventing such an unique culture and exercising it for more than a decade.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great culture of freedom and responsibility.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with stunning colleagues
    Solving complicated problems

    Cons

    None at all.. none at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with holding us true to our culture!


  8. Helpful (2)

    I had the best ever experience in my 28 years of experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best "true" culture for people who enjoy freedom and responsibility and can make judgment calls.

    Cons

    Not structured - thats a good thing for the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for technical people to grow within the company.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and comfortable physical environmen,t but the treatment of women has caused a disturbing culture of sexual degradation for women.

    Cons

    Controversy and decline into pornography DVD's has led to workplace sexual inappropriateness from management. When the DVD "Kink" came in....dignity and respect for women in this company went out the door. It is sad that what was once a good company has declined into porno.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing Not Rated films and porno.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Growth and evolution

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company moves fast and you can be very productive. Minimal bureaucracy. Generally good at attempting to disseminate vision from top-down. Strong technical contributors and great peers. Most policies and practices are employee-friendly (in that there's little impediments to getting stuff done). Company does get rid of low-performers regularly.

    Cons

    As with many rapidly growing organizations, there's some chaos and politically-biased positioning during the changes. Some managers are focused too tactically on product today, not strengthening the team and products for future. If you need to work at a place where things don't change much or where you can know you'll be employed for years--this is not the place for you. Work load can be heavy at times (but the work itself is interesting and fun).

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to move from a maverick streaming technology startup to a operations-focused content provider, there should be more discussion about how the culture and product is changing and how it needs to shift more. In the past 5 years, engineer headcount has more than doubled -- how can we continue to adapt our management and development at the same rate of success (or better) with this much larger org?


  11. Helpful (6)

    Awesome company if you are engineer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good support, great pay.

    Cons

    Not for everybody. Manager if he/she is not careful and politically savvy can have short lifetime with a company.



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